Three actors welcomed brand new babies this week—Jason Biggs (from American Pie and Orange is the New Black)and wife, writer Jenny Mollen; Frozen star Josh Gad and wife Ida Darvish; and actress Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and director hubby Mark Webber. And the names run the gamut from the uberpopular to the so-old-it's-maybe-ready-for-a-comeback.
Jason Biggs' new son gets the moniker Sid. It has a lot of pop culture cred—it's the name of infamous lead singer of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, of legendary comedian Sid Caesar, who passed away a few days before this Sid was born (perhaps the inspiration for the name). For parents, it's probably most well known for the Science Kid on PBS and the bully-ish next door neighbor from Toy Story. Sid is usually short for Sidney, which itself is a contraction for St. Denis. It's an old-school name, more popular at the turn of the 20th century, and falling out of favor thanks to the uberpopularity of the girls' soundalike, Sydney.
Frozen star Josh Gad went totally classic with his daughter's name—Isabella Eve. Isabella has been in the top 10 for more than a decade—in part thanks to the character Bella Swan from Twilight. But it's a real classic, an international variation on the timeless Elizabeth, and it'll still sound great decades from now. The middle name is Eve, which means "life." It's currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 600 names in the U.S., but it's a nice variation on the all-too-common Avas and Evas.
And actress Teresa Palmer has a brand new boy with a name that feels a little more like the typically offbeat celebrity baby names—Bodhi Rain. Bodhi is a Sanskrit word that means enlightenment, and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. With Olympic skier Bode Miller in the news lately, we might expect an uptick in this soundalike as well. Rain is one of the nature names that has taken off of late—and it makes a nice middle name.
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